How to Build a Wooden Work Table Bench

A comfortable wooden work table bench is a must for any homeowner who spends a good amount of time in their workshop or office. These are relatively simple projects that can be completed in short period of time. Best of all, you can customize your design by using a combination of different materials and finishes to make your bench truly unique.

 You’ll need the following tools and materials to build a work table bench:

  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Miter Saw
  • Framing square
  • Palm sander
  • Cordless drill
  • Countersink bit
  • Safety goggles
  • 2x4, 8-foot lengths
  • 1x3 pine, 8-foot lengths  
  • Wood putty
  • 3-inch coarse thread screws                       

Step 1: Construct the Frame

To begin you’ll need to construct the frame for the bench out of the 2x4s. Begin by cutting two pieces of 2x4 to the desired length of the bench. Next cut two more pieces of 2x4 to the desired width of the bench. Using the cordless drill and 3 inch coarse thread screws assemble the 2x4s into a rectangle. Make sure you use the framing square to ensure the box is perfectly square. Next, cut a third 2x4 the width of the bench and fasten it at the center point of the rectangle as additional support. Finally, to help speed up the process you can by pre-fabricated wood legs at your local home improvement store. Simply cut them down to the desired height and use the 3 inch screws to fasten them to the inside of the frame. 

Step 2: Install the Pine Planking

To finish the bench you can install 1x3 finished pine over the frame giving the work table bench a outdoor picnic bench type feel. To begin, cut the first piece of pine to the desired length since you may want to incorporate a slight overhang into your design. Once you’ve determined your length, make the required cuts with a miter saw to ensure a square edge. Next, install the planking using a screw as your spacer between each plank. When fastening the pine to the frame, make sure you use the countersink bit to set the screw heads into the pine. It’s also a good idea to keep all of your fasteners along the same vertical line for a uniform look.

Step 3: Finish the Bench

Whether you choose to stain or paint your work table bench there are certain steps for prep that are common to both finishes. First, you’ll have to fill in the screw heads with either wood putty or wood caps. If you are planning on staining your bench you’ll have to use the wood caps since the putty will show through the stain. Once you’ve covered the screw heads you’ll need to sand down the bench for the application of paint or stain. Begin by using a medium grit of around 100 for the first pass then switch to a higher grit of around 180 or 200 to finish the job. If you plan on painting the bench then its a good idea to apply a coat of primer before applying the finish coat of paint.